Caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s can be, to put it mildly, a challenge. Still, you want to give a loved one the best you can, and with some patience and an understanding of why you need to do certain things in a specific way, everything becomes much more manageable. Here are a few valuable tips on how to care for a family member with Alzheimer’s.
Communicating with a family member suffering from Alzheimer’s can be both challenging and frustrating – for both you and that family member. It is a two-fold, double-ended difficulty because it involves both the person attempting communication and the person receiving the communication, both understanding and being understood. Successful communication, then, involves the following:
Sudden and dramatic mood shifts and swings are fairly characteristic of Alzheimer’s sufferers. And these mood swings (sometimes accompanied by outbursts of coarse language) can be very disturbing to those on the receiving end. So the main task in positively dealing with these mood swings, which are sometimes manifested as outbursts of agitation or even aggression, is attempting to understand the cause of the mood swing/outburst.
Often, the cause is a lack of understanding or some kind of frustration. So when you’ve located the source of frustration, remain calm and, using even, measured tones, help your family member understand and work through the situation. Don’t just dismiss the outburst as an inevitable part of the disease. Instead, determine the cause, and then help your family member deal with it in a more positive fashion.
Some Alzheimer’s sufferers want to eat all the time, and others have almost no interest in eating. Making sure your family member with Alzheimer’s gets proper nutrition will require some patience and special tactics on your part. For example:
Sometimes, though, despite our best efforts, taking care of a family member with Alzheimer’s at home in no longer a viable option. For the disease progresses, and newer, more severe challenges arise. When things reach that stage, professional care in a reputable memory-care facility may be the best solution. But for your loved ones and family members, you will, understandably, want the best care available. Search our website for a memory-care facility near you.